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How to quantify your value on a resume

By Procom

 

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Recruiters and hiring managers admit they only need seven seconds to qualify a resume. And when the average corporate job opening attracts around 250 applications, it's imperative to immediately impress.

And numbers get noticed fast! 

Quantifying your achievements is a measurable way to demonstrate the value that you can be expected to bring to the position or project and the overall impact you'll have on the organization. Here's how to effectively use numbers on your resume to quantify your candidacy:

 

1. Use percentages

Percentages are important. Metrics can show the improvements you've made in your roles, so you'll want to highlight the increases and decreases you've achieved. These percentages can include:

Targets achieved

Increased website traffic via social media by 30% within 90 days…

Service provision

Decreased escalations by 20% within first 30 days…

Costs saved

Reduced department spending by 15%...

 

2. Add budgets 

Demonstrating how you've managed budgets shows your bottom line decision making capabilities. Including budget numbers for previous projects shows the size and complexity of the ones you've managed or participated in. Moreover, you can also include whether you delivered your project on or under budget.

Budget responsibility

Led Project X with a budget of $X, resulting in X% increase in sales.  

 

3. Stress time saved

Time is valuable, and what you do with it matters -- to you, your employer and colleagues. Highlighting the following on your resume will demonstrate how you’re using yours wisely:

Completion dates

Delivered a transformation program 2 months ahead of schedule.

Time saving processes

Implemented new customer service process, saving staff an hour per day. 

 

4. State sizes

Stats on size can give a potential employer insights into the different sized companies you've worked with and the amount of work you can handle. Show sizes of:

Portfolio

Managed a customer base of 20 Clients

Teams

Lead a department team of 10 staff

Project

Managed a $1M expansion project… 

 

5. Include locations 

If potential employers can see where you've been, it can give them a better idea of where you can go. So, you'll want to highlight your geographical impact by including:

Countries and cities

Trained new employees across 5 countries…

Offices

Managed regional sales teams across 5 offices…

 

Metrics matter on a resume, and you need them on yours if you want hiring teams to decide to move on with your application and not dismiss your candidacy.   

  

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